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Carolina Zoccoli Awarded the Tim Sims Encouragement Award

Toronto, November 8, 2015 - Carolina Zoccoli is the recipient of the 2015 Tim Sims Encouragement Award awarded to a Conservatory Program Graduate at the Second City Training Program.  The Tim Sims Encouragement Award honours a promising Canadian comedic performer who is in the early stages of their career. 


Carol is an actress, screenwriter, director and improviser.  She has a degree in philosophy at the University of São Paulo  and a Masters in Aesthetics and Art History. Her comedy career began in 2006 as a member of the Alliance Française theatre group in São Paulo. In 2011 Carol  attended the Ecole Nationale de l'Humour and Ligue nationale d'improvisation in Montreal.  In 2013 Carol moved to Toronto and began to study with The Second City.  She is a graduate of The Second City Improv and Longform Conservatory Programs and a member of the house ensemble at Bad Dog Theatre.  She also performs Stand Up and Improv with the troupe Yas Kween.

2015 Winner of the Tim Sims
Encouragement Award, Carolina Zoccoli

The Tim Sims Encouragement Fund was founded by Lindsay Leese and established in 1995 in the spirit and memory of Tim Sims, a well-known comedic performer, writer, director, and charity fund-raiser from Toronto. From 1996-2014, the Fund awarded prize money totaling $65,000 to young comedians in the early stages of their careers.  The award was presented at the annual Cream of Comedy award show at Second City, which featured comedy performances by five outstanding jury-selected Tim Sims Award Nominees.  

Beginning in 2015, the award will be given annually to a graduate of the Comedy Writing and Performance program at the Humber College, School of Creative and Performing Arts and to a Conservatory Program Graduate at the Second City Training Program.

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List of Previous Tim Sims Award Winners

For more information, please contact:

Alan Walker
Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
Tel: (416) 969-7413


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